Virat Kohli will be eyeing a host of records when he walks out to bat for Royal Challengers Bangalore at IPL 2021 which is slated to get underway from April 9 in Chennai. The tournament opener is scheduled to be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and RCB at Chepauk.
The larger goal for Kohli will be to end his team’s wait for a maiden IPL trophy having finished runners-up on three previous occasions. At individual level, the season has a lot in store for the India batsman who is the all-time leading run-getter in the T20 league’s 13-year history. The event is returning to India after the last season was shifted to UAE due to the then coronavirus situation in the country. Even though cases are rising again, BCCI is confident the high-profile competition will be held safely.
Kohli has 5878 runs so far to his name which is the most by any batsman in IPL history. He averages 38.16 and has a strike-rate of 130.73. He needs just 122 runs to become the first ever player to breach 6,000 runs in the tournament history. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are the first two players to clock 200 matches in IPL history. Kohli, along with several others, will soon enter the list. However, he can become the first player in the event history to have played 200 matches for the same franchise. Since the inception of the tournament in 2008, Kohli has turned out for RCB.
Kohli Could Become First India Player to 10,000 Runs in T20s
In 304 T20s, the 32-year-old has amassed 9731 runs at an average of 41.94. He needs 269 runs to become the first ever batsman from his country to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. Overall, West Indies legend Chris Gayle is the leading run-getter in T20s with 13720 runs in 416 matches followed by Kieron Pollard who has 10629 runs with Shoaib Malik completing the top-three having scored 10,488 runs so far. Kohli is sixth in the list.
Kohli is also the all-time highest run-getter in the tournament. Kohli, who had announced ahead of the tournament that he is going to open the batting this season, will be looking to score big for RCB this year too and hope to take them to the elusive title.
Here are the list of other records that can be made by Kohli in this edition of IPL:
Virat Kohli is 269 runs away from completing 10,000 runs across T20s.
Virat Kohli is 8 matches away from completing 200 matches in IPL.
Virat Kohli is 122 runs away from completing 6,000 runs in IPL.
Virat Kohli is 6 fifty plus scores away from completing 50 fifty plus scores in IPL.
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